The Bluegrass State is synonymous with horse racing, bourbon and Kentucky Fried Chicken. However, the time has come for Kentuckians to put down the drumstick and pass on the extra helping of mashed taters. Data released this week shows Kentuckians' waistlines are expanding.

More and more health professionals are establishing that vaping is harmful to users and Kentucky lawmakers are taking an aim at the new epidemic.

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Whatever plans you may have for November 5, I hope they include a visit to your polling place to cast your ballot in this year's election. Every election is important, but this one is particularly critical as we will be voting for our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secre…

I'm writing to support Michael G Adams in the November 5 election for Secretary of State. Michael was proudly born and raised in Paducah and is the only Western Kentuckian running for statewide office. All of our constitutional officers are from East of I-65, and it is time Western KY had a …

One look at the calendar will show you how quickly this year is slipping away. We have only 8 Sundays until Christmas, 9 until we welcome in the New Year and less than 80 days until the Kentucky General Assembly convenes the 2020 Regular Session.

We, the citizens and voters of Marshall County, owe the Honorable Federal Judge Russell of our district, the U.S. Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution, a big "thanks" for protecting the people of Marshall County in the E-911 case, and for the $7.00 fee to be collected by our power comp…

Kentucky could be the next state to enact a law that would prohibit using a cellphone or other personal communication devices in any way while driving.

As county commissioner, I have prided myself on being a strong advocate of our local farmers because I know the importance they serve in our economy and in our communities. That's why I am as equally proud to offer my fullest support for the re-election campaign of Agriculture Commissioner R…

The legislature's interim joint committees met this week in preparation for the next legislative session, which will convene on January 7, 2020. We heard testimony on several bills that have been pre-filed for session, but also received updates from state agencies on state programs.

Now that the NEA has fully embraced abortion-on-demand advocacy, KEA teachers are disenfranchised.

Recently, we celebrated National Voter Registration Day. Thousands of organizations and people all across the country rallied together to register people to do the one thing that is essential for a representative democracy-vote. These activities always remind me just how sacred the right to …

Just two weeks ago, an 18-year old woman left a high school football game in her hometown. She could not have known that, just moments after cheering on her football team and spending time with friends and family, the car she was driving would be hit during the high speed chase of a man alle…

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and, coming up in a few weeks is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Interim committees met September 9 through 13 for their monthly meetings, bringing together members of the House and Senate to hear from state government officials and members of the public about the issues we will be looking at during the next session. I believe I have shared that this year…

One of the more contentious issues in the "lakes area" is the proliferation of "short term vacation rentals," advertised via VRBO, AIR B&B or other methods.

If you're reading this, you probably voted in the last election, and you'll probably vote in the next one, too. Readers of community newspapers are significantly more likely to vote than non-readers, according to the newest annual readership survey from the National Newspaper Association.

An estimated 119,000 kids under the age of 18 in Kentucky today will ultimately die prematurely from tobacco use. This estimate may actually be low given that we are now in the middle of a youth tobacco epidemic, driven largely by the increase in e-cigarette use. More than one in four Kentuc…

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"To tell the Truth," a popular TV game show from the annals of history, featured a panel of celebrity judges who would try to correctly identify contestants with unusual jobs or life experiences.

Ms. Jackie Dedmon, age 87, of Benton, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at her home. She was a a very successful business woman who owned the KY Dam Bait Farm. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, and was a KY Colonel and KY Admiral.

Democratic gubernatorial challenger Andy Beshear is hoping to win the office by, among other ways, rolling the dice in support of expanded gaming -- including legalizing casinos and sports wagering. With the issue likely to come up during next year's General Assembly session, many believe th…

I spent time recently at the Capitol Building as Interim Joint Committees met to hear from agencies and members of the public about state programs. I have mentioned before how valuable these meetings can be as we prepare for the 2020 Regular Session. These committees spend time closely exami…

Facebook and Twitter are like active volcanoes, freshly risen and spewing lava chunks that disrupt communities and even destroy lives in the blink of an eye. Social media has redefined our cultural landscape in such dramatic ways it is unrecognizable for many.

I'm no longer part of the resistance. That small, mostly middle-aged and above, band of people standing on principle who have heretofore refused to scan and bag our own purchases at the big box stores.

Kentucky's farmers are among the best in the world. It's no surprise agriculture leaders from around the country are looking to the Bluegrass State and our prospering hemp industry. Right now, hemp is growing in 101 of our 120 counties and $100 million worth of Kentucky grown and processed h…

In a world full of disagreements, we can all agree that 911 services are vital to our community. Whether it's an elderly person who had a fall, a young child who swallows something harmful, or a driver injured in a car crash, being able to call for immediate assistance is an invaluable commu…

His name might not be immediately familiar to all. But adults and child¬≠ren of all ages across the Commonwealth who enjoy the educational, cultural and entertainment programming broadcast through Kentucky Educational Television owe a deep debt of gratitude for the lasting legacy to its found…

The recent special legislative session resulting in temporary relief from soaring pension payments faced by regional universities, local health departments, rape crisis centers and other groups known as quasi-government agencies gave Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a political victory in this yea…

Kentucky smokers, regardless of whether they are puffing a traditional cigarette or the latest electronic version, would and should have to pay the same tax rate under legislation filed for the 2020 General Assembly by two state lawmakers on Tuesday. So would users of smokeless tobacco.

It's just as legitimate for congressmen in the Capitol to consider the precedent proposed policies would establish in regard to future lawmaking as it for justices at the Supreme Court to contemplate how their decisions in current legal challenges will affect the way future cases get argued …

Mr. Charles E. Irvan, 81, of Kirksey (Golo Community), passed away July 8, 2019, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

I know that everyone has heard significant discussion about the pensions systems of our state employees, teachers, state workers, and other public servants. These systems affect taxpayers and public employees alike. As our state spends 14 percent of our total budget on pension contributions …

Last Thursday I finally got my first boat ride of the year and y'all, there is nothing better for this girl than the sun beaming down on my skin while the fresh air messes up my hair and that boat motor hums behind the beats of a good tune. It doesn't get better than family time on Kentucky Lake.

If you enjoy homegrown vegetables but don't have the time or space to be a do-it-yourselfer, there are several farmers' markets across the county.

Childhood should be carefree. Every child deserves to feel safe, cared for, and nurtured. This includes the nearly 10,000 Kentucky children in foster care and almost 100,000 in kinship care, a rate which is more than double the national average. They are not responsible for the circumstances…

What's happened to the decisive, conservative and determined leadership we saw that resulted in Republicans taking majority control of the state House in the November 2016 election and then passing monumental legislation during the first week of the 2017 session that brought more positive ch…

There is a form of abuse that occurs frequently and often silently: elder abuse.

Recently, the topic of discussion around the county has been the proposed county budget and the so-called "cuts" being made to non-profit funding. With the rumor mill running rampant, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with the people of Marshall County the facts concerning the propo…

I am writing to let you know that if the proposed budget is approved, we will be closing the doors of the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center. The center has been a wonderful asset to our community. We have provided thousands of meals to the homebound clients of Marshall County and enjoye…

Although the official start of summer is still weeks away, Kentucky has already been experiencing high temperatures. Temperatures reached the mid- to high-80s Tuesday and are expected to hover in upper-70s and 80s all week.

Another of Kentucky's off-year primary elections, complete with poor - if somewhat better than expected - turnout and the completely unnecessary and wasteful spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, has come and gone.

With so much riding on the 2019 election cycle, it was troubling to see the low voter turnout in last week's election. Locally, just over 20% of registered voters showed up at the polls. Statewide, the percentage was very similar. And, while that topped the prediction of the Secretary of Sta…

In recent months, I've been very proud to work on an issue that every Member of Congress can wholeheartedly support - protecting our nation's children from abuse and neglect. The safety and security of some of our most vulnerable members of society, our nation's children, is of the utmost im…

The recent news of Air Methods' air medical base closures in Kentucky is unfortunate, but not surprising. Earlier this year, PHI, another air medical company, announced it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize and solve its debts due partly to "a significant decrease in r…

As Vice Chair of the Marshall County Caring Needline it has been brought to my attention that Needline stands to lose the Christmas light show at Mike Miller Park (which raises about $50,000 in cash and 32,000-35,000 food items) as well as having our support drastically cut from the Marshall…